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Articles by Daniel A. Rosen

A Life Sentence for Pot? Not if Beth Curtis Can Help It

by Daniel A. Rosen

Seventy-nine-year-old Beth Curtis has been nicknamed the “Mother Theresa of Pot Prisoners” for good reason. The self-described “incessant nag” has lobbied for years on behalf of those sentenced to life for marijuana offenses. She founded the website in 2009 to advocate for clemency for her ...

The Punishment Economy: Winners and Losers in the Business of Mass Incarceration

by Daniel A. Rosen

“This is an industry that profits from human suffering.”

—David Fathi, Director, ACLU’s
National Prison Project

Starting with math may be a bad idea, but numbers help tell this story: In Virginia, keeping the average prisoner behind bars costs taxpayers about $30,000 per year; in some ...

ICE Holding Cuban Detainee for 11 Years and Counting Following Florida Prison Release

Massachusetts Uses Medical Parole to Avoid In-Custody Deaths From COVID-19

Music Project Brings Prisoners’ Stories to Life in Song

The Long Time Gone album was released ...

Medical Copays for Prisoners Suspended in Several States Due to COVID-19

Most states ...

Florida Jail Administrators Fired After Woman Gives Birth in Cell

Virginia Settles Two Lawsuits Over Misuse of Solitary Confinement

Taken together, the payouts cost the state’s taxpayers over $250,000. At a time when Virginia’s General Assembly made progress on other justice issues — abolishing the death penalty, legalizing marijuana and restoring felon voting ...

Alabama Jails and Prisoners Swamped With COVID-Related Problems

For weeks, Dylan Garrard fell asleep on a thin foam mat on the floor of his jail cell, next to a toilet. ...

Hundreds of Virginia Inmates Await Parole Consideration Under New Law